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Privacy Statement

Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada is committed to respecting the privacy rights of individuals, including safeguarding the confidentiality of information provided by companies and individuals.

Use of the Department’s on-line application EXCOL is voluntary.

All the information collected will be retained for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 7 years after the last administrative use, stored within the program records of the Trade Controls Bureau (TID) and noted under the following Personal Information Bank: Export Import Controls

Personal information is protected from disclosure to unauthorised persons/agencies pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act. While third party commercial information may be subject to requests under the Access to Information Act, no information will be released without first consulting with you.


Should you not prefer to electronically apply for an export permit, please download the [application form] and mail it to the Export Controls Division at the address indicated on the form. Within EXCOL, clicking on the "Save" or "Submit" buttons constitutes consent to the collection of personal information.

Regardless of your method of application, the name and business contact information (such as address, email and phone number) are required for both the exporter and the consignee. This data is being collected and used for the following purposes: evaluating and approving applications for permits for controlled goods; tracking goods exported against authorized permits; and supporting other export processes such as delivery verification.

Depending on the nature and destination of the export commodities, consultations with other Government departments may be required as part of the permit approval process (such as Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada, Department of National Defence, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, etc.).